Captain Cook Cruises

Floating cocktail bar launches in Sydney

September 21, 2020
By Alana House

Captain Cook Cruises is launching Sydney’s first ever hop-on-hop off floating bar and dining experience – the Harbour Bar & Restaurant.

Flagship vessel Sydney 2000 has received a unique facelift that offers two distinct experiences spread across an upper and lower deck, offering guests flexibility onboard to move between an early dinner with views of the harbour and an evening of cocktails.

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The Harbour Bar concept will be open from 12pm to 10:30pm each day, stopping in 90-minute intervals at King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay both collecting and disembarking guests.

The new restaurant will open during the same hours and features redesigned menu that includes Australian beef, crispy skin miso barramundi and freshly shucked oysters as well as both vegetarian and vegan options.

General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, Anthony Haworth, said that the new Harbour Bar and Restaurant was not just the product of adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but an opportunity to better reflect how Sydneysiders enjoyed their Harbour in 2020.

While the pandemic resulted in almost a 100% downturn in revenue for Captain Cook Cruises, it also presented the opportunity to create a unique Sydney Harbour floating bar experience.

Captain Cook Cruises created the sightseeing cruise on Sydney harbour focused on tourists,” Haworth said. “Now we are creating a unique harbour bar and dining experience focused on Sydneysiders. Something that hasn’t been done before.”

Perth’s first floating bar

Perth also got its first licensed floating pub last week, The Raft, which is moored permanently in the middle of the Swan River.

The purpose-built, open-air platform that can only be accessed via the venue’s private tender vessel from the Barrack Street jetty.

The 250-patron venue offers city views and catering by Heyder and Shears.

Operating primarily as an event venue for weddings and corporate events, there will be ticketed Sunday sessions for individuals, couples and small groups.

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